To Reynolds and many others, this seems to be a paradox. As a teenager, it did to me as well. I had the feelings and in a way always knew, but continued to make excuses. “Surely it’s a phase,” “I’m confused,” “If I was, I would know and be open about it,” and of course, “I can’t be gay, I’m a Christian.” The odd part is that I never had a true opposition to homosexuality. Even when I was quite young, I can remember supporting the idea of gay marriage, especially in a nation that supposedly does not discriminate based on religion. By high school, I openly supported the LGBT movement, but I still had work to do in myself. I’ll spare the details, but by 23 I felt that I had finally come to understand myself in those regards and began letting my friends know, oftentimes apologizing for the fact that it took me as long as it did to be completely honest with myself and with them. Both of my parents found out within the last year. I never had any video confessional or major blog “coming out” for everyone, as I didn’t see the point. There were no suddenly shattered closet doors, illuminating fireworks or loud bells magically ringing, as nothing really changed, other than my acceptance of myself.
Great read, really happy for him. After all of the outcry on both sides over the Duck Dynasty, I've calmed down a bit and realized that this pastor has the right idea: http://intheparlor.wordpress.com/201...doesnt-matter/
As a nonreligious ally, it's refreshing to hear someone in the middle of all of this stop and basically say, what you think about homosexuality doesn't matter, because what matters is the fact that kids are dying. Keep it to yourself, stop intentionally provoking others, and instead try and welcome these people into your churches and homes to let them no that no matter what, they are loved and their lives are important.
I've never heard of the band before but dude has my support. I can't even fathom how hard it is to live life not being able to fully express yourself. I only wish that as this country continues to progress it won't be seen as a big deal when someone comes out and we're all just like oh hey man that's awesome let's go get celebratory drinks. Regardless it still takes courage to come out in this day and age.
Glad for the guy.
I have a feeling next year is going to be huge for gay rights.
And also on a side note, I'm a Christian too and still support gay rights fully so before any responds with the whole "Christians are all close minded thing" nope there's a growing number of us who are just about love and acceptance.